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Hi, this is Michelle. As war in the Middle East reaches enters its third month, the UN human rights chief warns of a high risk of atrocity crimes being committed in Gaza and seeks to investigate sexual violence allegations committed on 7 October by Hamas.

As the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network gets ready to elect a new president next week, a makeover is in order, according to one of its former senior officials.

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Michelle Langrand


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Volker Türk, UN High Commissioner of Human Rights during the 54th session of the Human Rights Council, 11 september 2023. (UN Photo/Jean Marc Ferré)

🇵🇸 Gazans living in 'utter, deepening horror': UN. Volker Türk said there was “a heightened risk of atrocity crimes” in Gaza as Israel continues bombarding the enclave in what the UN rights chief described as “collective punishment”.

AFP via France 24 (EN)

🇮🇱 UN seeks Israel access for Hamas sexual violence investigation. At the same press conference, Türk voiced his concern over allegations of sexual violence by Hamas and said he had asked Israel for access to investigate the claims, so far with no response.

AFP via France 24 (EN)

🗳️ The IFRC needs to change. Here's a to-do list. As the 192 Red Cross and Red Crescent societies get ready to elect a new president on Monday, the federation needs restructuring, writes former under-secretary general of the federation Mukesh Kapila.

The New Humanitarian (EN)

🛩️ Global airlines body urges oil sector to invest more in sustainable fuel. IATA told the oil sector to ramp up efforts to help the aviation sector shrink its carbon footprint, which makes up two to three per cent of global emissions.

Reuters (EN)

🌍 Cop28: a common world? Géraldine Pflieger, director of the Institute of Environmental Sciences at the University of Geneva, says the divisions observed in Dubai must be taken seriously, and the goal must remain to converge towards the largest, and not the smallest, common denominators.

Le Temps (paywall) (FR)

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